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click to enlarge Panelists discussing agriculture and the craft food and beverage movement in Dutchess County. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • Panelists discussing agriculture and the craft food and beverage movement in Dutchess County.

SWEET-TALKING DOVER PLAINS

Crown Maple hosted the first Chronogram Conversations networking and community discussion event of the new year at their state-of-the-art facility on January 13. Attendees arrived to find a local craft food, beverage, and artisan marketplace spread out across the maple syrup facility's evaporator room. Tasters from Salt Point Mead, Milea Winery, Sprout Creek Farm cheese, Denning's Point spirits, and Breezy Hill Orchards cider were in abundance. Amy Lewis-Sweetman chatted about her reclaimed farm sculptures and Mena Messina demonstrated jewelry design and making.

click to enlarge Bruce Tripp of Milea Vineyards explaining the terroir of Staatsburg-harvested grapes. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • Bruce Tripp of Milea Vineyards explaining the terroir of Staatsburg-harvested grapes.

Between tours of the maple processing facility, the culinary team at Crown Maple hand-passed the ultimate breakfast kabob: waffle and fried chicken skewers, drizzled with maple syrup, of course.

The panel discussion featured a slew of local luminaries in the food, beverage, and tourism industries in Dutchess County. Brian K. Mahoney, editorial director of Chronogram, moderated the conversations that weaved in themes of tourism and the sustainability of farm culture in the Hudson Valley. Sharing their insight and eloquence were: Josh Viertel (Harlem Valley Homestead); Elizabeth Ryan (Breezy Hill Orchards), Will Vincent (Brookby Farm), Susan Johnson (Denning's Point Distillery), Hutch Kugeman (Culinary Institute of America), Ralph Erenzo (Tuthilltown Distillery) and Mary Kay Vrba (Dutchess Tourism).

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities at future Chronogram Conversations events, email marketing@chronogram.com.

click to enlarge Mark Soukup of Soukup Farms, Kara O’Neill, host of “Hudson Valley Green” on Pawling Public Radio, and Will Vincent of Brookby Farms. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • Mark Soukup of Soukup Farms, Kara O’Neill, host of “Hudson Valley Green” on Pawling Public Radio, and Will Vincent of Brookby Farms.
click to enlarge Susan Johnson of Denning’s Point Distillery. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • Susan Johnson of Denning’s Point Distillery.
click to enlarge Crown Maple CEO Michael Cobb with Luminary Media’s Bob Pina. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • Crown Maple CEO Michael Cobb with Luminary Media’s Bob Pina.
click to enlarge The Crown Maple cafe and store team. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • The Crown Maple cafe and store team.
click to enlarge Breezy Hill Orchard’s Elizabeth Ryan with Harlem Valley Homestead’s Josh Viertel. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • Breezy Hill Orchard’s Elizabeth Ryan with Harlem Valley Homestead’s Josh Viertel.
click to enlarge Jason Stern, Luminary Media co-founder and publisher, with Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess Tourism president and CEO. - BRIAN BERUSCH
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  • Jason Stern, Luminary Media co-founder and publisher, with Mary Kay Vrba, Dutchess Tourism president and CEO. 

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